The Lady of the Camellias is a celebrated novel and play by 19th century French writer Alexandre Dumas, fils. The heart-breaking story of the star-crossed lovers was later transformed into one of the most beloved operas in history, La Traviata. La Traviata is Verdi's only opera which dealt with contemporary themes. The composition is carefully structured to reveal humanity and emotions in the most delicate and honest way. “Brindiso (Toast): Libiamo ne' lieti calici (The Drinking Song)” and “Un dì felice, eterea” from act one are both well-known classics. After listening to La Traviata, Dumas praised the work, saying “my play may no longer be performed after a hundred years, but the opera La Traviata will be exist forever.” And his words proved to be true. One hundred and sixty-two years after its premiere, the story of La Traviata will be told again by Russian soprano Anna Virovlansky, winner of numerous international vocal competitions, and tenor Chien-Chi Lin. In collaboration with internationally acclaimed conductor Francesco Corti, NTSO, and the top local vocalists and choir, we present the moving story of humanity and love in our 2015/16 season opening concert.